The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau recently launched the Lake Charles Historic Tour app for visitors and locals to experience the rich Southwest Louisiana history and to help promote local museums and art galleries.
Located in downtown Lake Charles, La., the Charpentier Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places and covers more than 40 blocks of turn-of-the-century buildings of mixed styles with turrets, towers, gables, shingling, leaded glass and gingerbread accents on the porches and railings. The new self-guided tour app highlights the rich history of the city as well as the carpenter-architects who created Lake Charles’ unique style of architecture.
The application features 30 minute to 1 hour tours, ghost tours, videos, photos, as well as social media sharing capabilities. The Lake Charles Historic District tour app is available in multiple languages including English, French, Spanish, German and includes closed-captioned (in English) for those who are hearing challenged. The free Lake Charles Historic App can be downloaded in your app store by searching “Lake Charles Historic Tour.”
Located in the Charpentier Historic district, the 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center, 1001 Ryan Street in downtown Lake Charles, will open two new exhibits Friday, Aug. 28. The An Adventure in the Arts: The Permanent Collection of the Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY exhibit will include 73 works of art by more than 40 artists, who lived and worked in the East Hampton area. The Edward Koren: The Capricious Line exhibit celebrates the career of Edward Koren, renowned cartoonist, graphic satirist, and long-standing contributor to The New Yorker. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Aug. 28 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. Both exhibits will be on display until Oct. 24. Admission to all exhibitions is free, and the museum is open Monday – Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, please call (337) 491-9147 or visit http://www.cityoflakecharles.com.
In downtown Sulphur, La., near the Brimstone Museum and Henning Cultural Center, there are sites of interest, private historic homes and shops. The Henning Cultural Center, 923 Ruth Street, will open the Stitch: A Fiber Art Show exhibition on Aug. 27 and will run through Oct. 10. For a City of Sulphur Driving Tour brochure or for more information on the exhibit, contact the Henning Cultural Center at (337) 527-0357 or visit http://www.brimstonemuseum.org.
Also located in Lake Charles, the 100+ year old Margaret Place Historic District is a prime example of bungalows, sophisticated foursquares and quirky 1920s buildings and homes. This prestigious neighborhood, developed during WWI, is veritably untouched and tucked among winding streets near the lake (Lake Charles). A trip down Shell Beach Drive will give visitors a view of some of the most luxurious homes in the area.
For more information on historic districts in Southwest Louisiana, visit http://www.calcasieupreservation.com.